United States middle distance runner Francie Larrieu took more than five seconds off her own women's indoor mile record when she won at the San Diego race meeting in the United States on Sunday (16 February).
GV PAN Miss Larrieu running last two laps of one mile race and winning race with new world indoor record
GV Start of men's mile race and race in progress (3 shots)
GV PAN Bayi during last lap and winning race
TRANSCRIPT: DAVIES: United States' new racing superstar Francie Larrieu turned in another world record performance in the mile event at the San Diego indoor meeting in California on Sunday. Last Friday she set a new world indoor record for the 1500 metres event at the Maple Leaf Games in Toronto, Canada. Then her time was four minutes ten-point-four seconds ... but by the time she reached the 1500 metres mark on the fast San Diego track she'd already shaved that down by five-tenths of a second. The twenty-two year-old college student turned on the speed yet again to race through to the finish way ahead of all her rivals for a time of four minutes twenty-nine seconds. That new indoor world record for the mile was also six-tenths of a second faster than the world outdoor record set by Italy's Paolo Pigni two years ago. Not surprisingly, Miss Larrieu -- who had set out to try for a new world record -- was delighted with her result.
Favourite for the men's one mile event was Tanzanian Filbert Bayi -- one of the world's most successful middle distance runners. Setting the pace, Bayi was followed closely by United States' Rick Wohlhuter and John Walker of New Zealand. But in the last lap, Bayi put on a sport of speed to draw away from his rivals. His time of three minutes fifty-six point four seconds was only one point four seconds outside the world indoor mile record set by Tony Waldrop of the United States last year.
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Background: United States middle distance runner Francie Larrieu took more than five seconds off her own women's indoor mile record when she won at the San Diego race meeting in the United States on Sunday (16 February).
The time of 4 minutes 29 seconds was Miss Larrieu's second world record in less than a week. At the Maple Leaf games in Toronto, Canada, last week she set a new record for the women's indoor 1,500 metres event with a time of 4 minutes 10.4 seconds.
The twenty-two year old student's new indoor mile record was also sixth-tenths of a second faster than the outdoor record set by Italy's Paolo Pigni two years ago.
In the men's one mile event at the same meeting, Tanzania's Filbert Bayi produced a time of 3 minutes 56.4 seconds to win the event -- only 1.4 seconds inside the world record set by United States runner Tony Waldrop last year.
Bayi beat off strong challenges from United States' middle-distance specialist Rick Wohlhuter and New Zealand's John Walker to continue his undefeated indoor season.